Inishsirrer, Inishmeane, Gola and Owey Islands

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: A1, C1, C6 (2009)
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Area: 599 ha

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Site description
Two formerly inhabited islands of Inishsirrer & Inishmeane, lying 1-2 km offshore and 6 km north of Bunbeg in County Donegal. Information on land-use and threats is incomplete. Since the 2009 inventory, this complex has been extended to include Gola & Owey Islands, and a small section on the eastern side of the Carrickfin (mainland) peninsula, with a mix of meadow and pasture, where farming is very marginal, so threats to corncrake survival from mowing reduced. Numbers have the potential to expand with appropriate habitat management.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inishsirrer, Inishmeane, Gola and Owey Islands. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.